Joseph Gordon Levitt has a ‘secret girlfriend’ who is ‘not in show business’

Joseph Gordon Levitt

These are pictures of Joseph Gordon Levitt hitting the NYC publicity trail hard for Don Jon. The movie comes out this week. I’m sure Joe will be relieved when it’s all said and done. Along the way, he’s given some good interviews and reliable sound bites. He also indicated that he’s very aware of rumors concerning his own sexuality, but he will not answer to them because “that would be really tacky.” That quote spawned a huge conversation, but it’s really none of our business unless JGL wants it to be.

Now things are getting personal. JGL chose to appear on Howard Stern’s show. You know Howard. He can’t resist asking everything possible to make his subjects squirm. Stern got Joe to admit to a secret girlfriend:

Joseph Gordon Levitt

On his mystery woman: “I have a girlfriend but I tend not to really like to talk about it in public. She is not in show business.”

Why so secretive? “I get up in movies and I play other people, so when the audience is watching me in movies, I don’t want them thinking about me and who I’m dating, and blah blah blah. I want them to see the character, the story that I’m telling.”

Stern asks if he’s “in love”: “Oh, jeez, man! Come on! This is getting private.”

His lady doesn’t like Hollywood: “The girl that I’m with, she really doesn’t want to be a part of it. You can imagine not wanting to have that kind of scrutiny.”

[From Us Weekly]

I’d feel sorry for Joe having to deal with pushy ol’ Howard Stern’s line of questioning, but what did he expect? This is what Stern does. He’s funny but gross in that way. If I was famous, I’d never go on Howard’s show.

Joe also did an excerpt-worthy interview with Washington City Paper. It’s a really long interview! He claims that although his Don Jon character looked like a Jersey Shore reject, he’d never seen the show prior to filming. Here’s some more good stuff:

His relationships influenced the movie: “I think the ideas that I had in 2008 are fundamentally similar to what I believe. What I was trying to make come across in this movie, which is that the important thing is to find what’s unique about yourself, find what’s unique about someone else. And embrace everything in the moment, as opposed to constantly comparing yourself and your lover and your relationship to a static set of expectations. And that’s the core of the movie. I still find that, whether it was five years ago, when I was 27-I’m sure I’d say the same thing.”

On Don Jon‘s well-rounded females: “That was something I cared about a lot. I noticed it often in movies, especially comedies, especially comedies with a male protagonist…that yeah, the female characters get categorized either into the angel or the bitch.”

He’s not a gossip guy: “I think a lot of that stuff is pretty unhealthy and I don’t wanna participate in it. At the same time, Hollywood has been selling movies that way for nearly a hundred years. So I’m certainly culpable to one degree or another. Uh, and is that surreal? I guess so, yeah. Do I get used to it? Not exactly. I mean, I guess I’ve gotten more used to it than when I started doing it. I remember the first time I did a bunch of press–speaking of Angels in the Outfield…and I hated it, hated it. To the point where my mom was concerned and was like, “You don’t have to do this. Are you sure you wanna do this? Maybe we shouldn’t. You can act in theater. I know you love doing this but are you sure you wanna do it in movies and TV because this is gonna go along with it and you clearly really don’t like it.” You know, I really love movies. I love sets. And it’s something that I do.”

[From Washington City Paper]

I will forgive JGL for not enjoying gossip. It’s not for everyone. I love to gossip, so he and I would just have to agree to disagree during our pillow talk. Oh and it just now occurs to me Joe got to know Tony Danza while filming Angels in the Outfield. Now Danza plays his slightly pervy dad (see this clip) in Don Jon. That’s so cool. I wonder if Danza has met Joe’s secret girlfriend.

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt

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  1. Erinn says:

    Sigh. I love him. So I’m actually really happy that he’s with some low-key girl and not a Hollywood starlet.

  2. ag-UK says:

    Good for him. You can have a private life you just have to work at it.

  3. Dhavynia says:

    All this press he’s doing has worked because I keep finding him sexier each time I watch him (doesn’t help that they keep showing The Dark Knight Rises over and over). Im glad he has a g/f who is not in the business, more reason to love him.

    I’m still laughing at the Jimmy Fallon lip sinc piece…

  4. magpie says:

    I just watched his lip synch off on Jimmy Fallon and I just wanted to throw him on a bed during his Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”.

    He is sooo cute and sexy. Sigh.

  5. truthful says:

    Whoever she is, she does not deserve
    MY honeybun!!!

    I love his work and the way he carries himself.

    a few of his movies have brought me to tears and I’m no crybaby.

  6. pretty says:

    do you guys think he’s homely looking? yesterday’s comburbatch thread’s comments got me thinking. he is adored by a lot of people.

  7. Maria says:

    i can understand his girlfriend not wanting to be in the spotlight but telling the gossip mags about a “secret” girlfriend wont make her stay a secret, joseph.

    what he said made me really dislike him:
    ‘I think that I could partner up with somebody – I don’t know who that somebody is – I could partner up with a woman and commit to we’re going to raise a family and that’s a project we’re going to commit to for 20-something years.’

    He also said he could remain monogamous, although that might change when the children were grown up.

    ‘I like to not be too committed to any one future that’s really far away, necessarily, unless there’s a reason, which is why I’m saying if you’re gonna raise a family … I can make that commitment.’

    (from the Dailymail)

    so he wants the woman to pop out some children then be such a nice guy to stay until they are grown up and then dump her?

    • Maggie says:

      Give the guy some credit. Those comments are obviously theoretical. Shoot, I kinda feel the same way and I’m married. Lol

    • Organic says:

      I’m sorry but I doubt he is straight. And if he is (doubtful!) those daily mail quotes are insensitive to that *cough* girlfriend of his. Even if she is ok with his committment issues, what girl wants to read that phrasing? He’s basically saying he wont settle with her but maybe the ‘right woman’ could get 20 unfaithful years if she pops out a kid.

      He is probably gay though.

    • Pasta girl says:

      I agree. Weird so for him a family, kids are just a project…I’m not romantic or sentimental but it’s hard to say.

  8. Lou says:

    He’s not in the least bit attractive. I like his acting and some if his movies, but as hot guys go, he isn’t one.

  9. ag-UK says:

    NOOOOO he looks young but he is very cute. Not homely. He has that something that people could find endearing. Maybe his eyes.

  10. Patricia says:

    I heard this interview, I was laughing because yes Howard was very pushy. I love Howard. But this headline is exactly what JGL did NOT want to have happen haha! Poor guy, he can’t win in this situation of being famous and wanting a private love life.
    Also I love him because he shows how sexy and strong a presence can be had by a small man. My husband is a small man and he is the same way, very sexy and strong in person. Petite but powerful, you know?

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I absolutely know b/c my hubby is built like JGL too! I know a lot of women aren’t into that but that just more for those of us that are :)

  11. insomniac says:

    Wow, I’m going to have to go find a copy of the City Paper this week. Thanks for the heads up!

    And I had to LOL at “This is getting private!” I like you, Joe, but did you forget what show you were doing?

  12. Launicaangelina says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Don Jon!

  13. judyjudy says:

    Spoiler alert…it’s me. I’m his secret girlfriend.

    So secret even HE doesn’t know.

  14. Yelly says:

    Once he sees me I’m going to throw that “secret girlfriend” out the window. I love this man too much.

  15. Lola says:

    Truth be told very little celeb gossip is my business, hence the word “gossip”. If I am going to insert myself in peoples divorces, pregnancies and addictions, I dont see why orientation should be any different. So having established its none of my biz, let me say this guy sets my gaydar off. And that was before this “my gf is shy” interview. This whole Don Jon has just been tragic imo. With each interview he burrows ever deeper in that closet. Apparently thats the only way to sell a (indie) romcom.

    All is not lost though. I recall George Takei telling Howard he was straight and always dated quietly and now look at him

  16. Applappoom says:

    The more I read about him the less I like him. I don’t know why, can’t put my finger on it.

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  18. Tiffany says:

    I would think that his girlfriend is not a secret. He is involved with someone and its been acknowledged. That to me is a difference.

  19. Miss M says:

    I just to put out there his secret girlfriend is not me.

  20. Anne De Vries says:

    He is SO not my type physically (I’m a viking woman, he would look like a miniature model of himself next to me) but he is growing on me with every interview I read or see. And with this, too:

  21. Melissa says:

    He always seems so smug to me..

  22. Otterette says: